scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Evils and Scouting
Bill Nelson (bnelson45@HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 22 2000 - 14:21:48 CDT
Thoughts to consider:
What will happen between now and January of 2001 will be the peaceful transfer of power of the single most powerful person in the world, set down in the Constitution of the United States. We should be very grateful that this transfer is as peaceful as it is. Even today, in many countries, one national leader replaces another by assassination or war.
We could have gone another way. In the summer of 1933, a group of business men came up with a plot to overthrow the President of the United States. Furious at President Franklin Roosevelt�s efforts to redistribute American wealth, they secretly asked a popular, newly-retired two-time Medal of Honor winner, General Smedley Butler, to issue the president an ultimatum: FDR must plead incapacitation caused by polio and allow a substitute, chosen by them, to run the country on their behalf. If Roosevelt balked, General Butler would march with a half million war veterans against the White House and force him out of power. To read more about this story, see:
Remember, citizenship means exercising your rights and responsibilities, and one of the most important rights and responsibilities an American citizen has is to be able to vote for those who lead them. When you have the opportunity to elect your leaders, do so seriously, and always vote for the person you feel will do the best job.